Looking Back at 2016

My  goodness time sure flies and here we are just at the door of 2017. I have been busy painting but posting only when I feel something is ready. I really like my slow approach. I have been painting a lot behind the scenes but slowing down my posting, it makes sense for me because I want to focus more on the art. Bear with the length of the images, I have been having a difficult time with uploading photos and having my page get stuck many times. This is the easiest way to put together this post. I will do a post in the next few days of my favorite photos of 2016 as I am getting impatient with how long this is taking. It has been a fantastic year and I am looking forward to what 2017 will hold for me and my art endeavors.

Here are my favorite paintings of the year, first the pastels:

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My intuitive painting

 

Now for the watercolors that I liked the best:

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My most favorite watercolor painting

 

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another all time favorite!

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*A word about photos. The photos on my blog are mine, taken by me and copying them would be stealing from me. If you find a photo that you would like to copy or use, I request that you ask me for permission and I expect you to give me full credit for my own photo. Thank you so very much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Looking Back at 2016

    1. Thank you so very much…..I feel the same about yours because even though my environment isn’t as extreme as yours, I still feel like going home when I read your blog. Of course I do have a thing for nature and Canada 😉 Cheers! raise your hiking stick to 2017! or cap…you fill in the blank….mine would be painting brush. God Bless!

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  1. the spirit of creation is certainly revealed in your work Miss M! from pastels to wc that ‘fresh and magical’ plein air feeling is just There. That is a massive achievement; one many do not even attempt. But you just go and hike your way in and Go! there is no boring, sitting at home thumbing through bland photos!! I love your work, your approach. please, don’t change!! hugs for 2017 YRF

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    1. You are a doll! You nailed it exactly by your comments and observation, I couldn’t have said it better. I have been in the studio recently but there is a huge difference, I will not paint from a photo that I haven’t personally been there and I only paint from photos that make my heart go “bippity do wop” with that special connection! 😉 Thank you! Happy New Year my dear River Friend!

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  2. Great to see your “year in review” Margaret! I think have seen and commented on most of these before but the top two pastels are definitely new to me and I think they are beautiful. The warm reds in riverbed grasses is an eternal challenge to me and I think you did a great job on that second one. I think you have a very good eye for composition – the way lines run through your paintings. Happy new year, I hope 2017 is your best year yet!

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    1. Thank you Fritz, so funny on that second pastel because it was in the dead of winter and I wanted to give it some boost, so I put aside my restraint and used my imagination. I can be very picky with composition so that aspect helps to push me to excel in that area, thank you for your keen observation. 😉 Oh you bet the next year will be the best ever, I plan on it! We have 35 more minutes here till midnight…..here it comes! 😉

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  3. dawnmarie

    I think 2016 produced some lovely paintings for you. Oddly enough, my favorite is that big fat tree trunk. I have no idea why which is odd for me. I love your trees with light and your water scenes and your pastels are gorgeous but there is something about that tree trunk!

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    1. Thank you Dawn, I agree, 2016 has been very good to me. I know what you mean in regards to that fat tree….there is a special light and feeling to it and the photo doesn’t do it justice. The colors are spot on but I think photos always doesn’t give you the true essence of a painting and what you are looking at. What do you have in store this year, anything different or new?

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  4. What a fantastic collection of artworks Margaret.
    They are all so beautiful, I love that you incorporate so much vibrant color into them!
    That second photo really draws me in, maybe its the red grasses, I just adore it!

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